Archive for June 2016

1967 - An Important Year for Interracial Marriage

As I noted in an earlier blog, the year 1967 marked an important milestone in interracial marriage history. In June 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court case, Loving vs. Virginia established the right of all Americans to marry whom they wished and invalidated existing state laws and statutes prohibiting interracial marriage. The plaintiffs in the case... Read more »

White Husbands Become More Racially Sensitive

Many of the thirty black women I interviewed for my book on interracial marriage cited examples of how their white husbands became more racially sensitive after their marriage. Social situations in which the husbands at one time may not have attached any racial nuances, took on new significance after they married. For example, one of... Read more »

Dear Senator

You have to give it to the late Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina who served for forty-eight years in the U.S. Senate, and who was still in office at the age of 100. Conducting a twenty-four hour filibuster, one of the longest ever, to oppose the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and one of... Read more »
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Marrying Down

A friend of mine told me today that one of her friends is pretty upset about the upcoming marriage of her African American daughter to a white man. When I asked her why, my friend responded that the bride’s mother was upset because her daughter was ‘marrying down.’ She went on to explain that the... Read more »

Morning with my Granddaughters

In response to this morning’s ChicagoNow blog challenge – here is my story: This morning qualifies as the most recent time when I believe I was at my best. I am taking care of my two young granddaughters, aged 4 and 1, this week while their parents are on vacation. It has been nearly twenty... Read more »

A Real Scandal - Leonard “Kip” and Alice Rhinelander

One of my favorite stories about an interracial marriage between a black woman and a white man is now largely forgotten, but the story made newspaper headlines across the U.S. in 1925. With the passage of laws prohibiting interracial marriages, known as anti-miscegenation laws, at the end of the 19th century, there was a decline... Read more »
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Welcome to My Blog: Dating, Marriage and Divorce in Black and White

Greetings and welcome to my blog on Dating, Marriage and Divorce in Black and White! My name is Cheryl Judice and I am a sociologist who studies race, social class and marriage in contemporary American society, specifically marriages between African Americans and whites. This blog will be devoted to examining historical and current issues related... Read more »